MS in Electrical Engineering (M.S.E.E.)
Degree Granting Department
Srinivas Katkoori, Ph.D.
Wilfrido Moreno, Ph.D.
Nasir Ghani, Ph.D.
Weak PUF, Strong PUF, Slices, LUTs, Bitstream
Physical Unclonable Functions (PUF) are used for authentication and key generation to obtain a unique signature and are widely used in hardware security applications. In this work, we propose Set-Reset Flip-flop (SRFF) based PUF for FPGAs. We exploit the race around condition of the SRFF to obtain a one-bit signature output which is a function of feedback path delays. In deep sub-micron technology node, delay variations on an FPGA device are significant due to manufacturing process variations. Thus, an SRFF output value is a function of its location on the FPGA device. We implement registers of various bit widths and extract signature in different locations on a device. We demonstrate that the signatures are spatially unique for sufficiently large register bit widths. We have experimented with fifteen (15) Spartan-6 FPGA devices (45 nm technology node) to study the uniqueness, uniformity, randomness, and robustness of the PUF as the Spartan-6 FPGA devices are very well known for the low power applications and good performance. We explored the Xilinx 14.7 ISE tool and used some of its in-built core tools like Chip-scope to synthesize higher bitstreams.
Scholar Commons Citation
Sagi, Sai Praneeth, "Implementation of SR Flip-Flop Based PUF on FPGA for Hardware Security" (2020). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.